All About Maryland Real Estate

By Susan Thompson-Solomons, Southern MD Real Estate-Solomons Specialist
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Penfed Realty)
Bright MLS has a feature that tracks the Home Demand Index (HDI) per zip code in Calvert County. The Calvert County HDI for January 2023 is 75, falling in the "slow" range. While the "slow" characterization is not surprising given how the real estate market in general is being reported, as well as the interest rate situation and low inventory giving buyers limited choices, there are bright spots in the numbers. One of the most noteworthy revelations when taking a look at this index is that when comparing to the index a year ago, the index is still higher in the majority of the zip codes in the county. With several zip codes in the "steady" and " moderate" range, it paints an overall stable picture for the Calvert County market.  Also, there are zip codes showing increases since late fal...
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Electric Vehicle Charging Ports Added in County Parking Facilities The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has added 16 electric vehicle charging ports in County garages over the last four months, increasing the total of electric vehicle (EV) charging ports to 56 for public use in County parking garages and parking lots. Eight ports were added in the NOAA Garage (G58) in Silver Spring this month, four ports were added in the Cordell-St. Elmo Garage (G40) in Bethesda in December and four ports were installed in the Wheaton Market Place Garage (G13) in October.MCDOT has eight more charging ports planned. Four will be installed in the Bethesda-Elm Garage (G57) later this winter and four ports have been ordered for the Cameron Street Garage (G7) in Silver Spring.In 2022, ...
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Energy Assistance Programs and Energy Savings Information Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will offer staffed information tables to learn about energy assistance programs and energy saving resources on seven select days through April. The resource tables will be staffed by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Pepco.The displays will offer customers the opportunity to pick up applications for energy assistance and have questions answered about the program.The resource tables will be implemented on from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the following library locations: Wednesday, Feb. 22. White Oak Library, 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring Monday, Feb. 27. Germantown Library, 19840 Century Blvd., Germantown Monday, March 20. Long Branch Library, 8800 Ga...
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EV Charging Stations Information, Montgomery County, MD The Department of Permitting Services website features information about electric vehicle charging stations, including a frequently asked questions and answers section.   http://ow.ly/xGBv50MBlRx This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.Existing Space with Access to Your Private PropertyThis option is for those who have an existing driveway, garage, or parking pad with space for charging a vehicle. Montgomery County will not consider installation in the public right-of-way. Installation on private property only requires an electrical permit. The electrical permit must be obtained by alicensed electrician. Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 7519Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolo...
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By Bob Force (REALTOR®), The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate
(Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill)
Today’s View –  Jan 29, 2023 – New Market, Md. 21770 – Existing TownhousesThis is a market report for existing townhouses in New Market, Md. 21770.  At the time of this report (9/29/22) 3­­­ such homes are on the market FOR SALE, another 6 are under contract, and 2 have sold in the last 30 days. The absorption rate (Active/30 day sold) is 1.5 which is considered a seller’s market.Of those active, 2 came to market in the last week. Of those under contact, none went under contract last week, and 1 of those that sold completed the process last week.  There is 1 additional townhouse that have a status of coming soon. Two Bedroom HomesThere are no two-bedroom townhouses in New Market currently on the market for sale. There is 1 two-bedroom townhouse in New Market currently under contract.  T...
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Volunteers Needed to Work with Victims of Sexual Assault Volunteers are needed to assist sexual assault victims and their families through Montgomery County’s Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP), part of the County’s Department of Health and Human Services. Interviews are currently being conducted for the 2023 winter training session.VASAP outreach volunteers donate their time serving victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Volunteers provide 24-hour crisis counseling and companion services at County hospitals and police stations for victims of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence. Bilingual volunteers are encouraged to apply.Volunteers must attend a training program that covers crisis intervention skills and the specialized knowledge of the emotional, me...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Just Sold - 15105 Peregrine Ct, Bowie, MD 20721If there was ever a lesson to be learned from the sale of a home, this one certainly provided many lessons.I always say "it ain't over until the fat lady sings, and I haven't even begun to warm up yet".  The buyer came to me through floor duty or opportunity time.  They called about this home and they said they were preapproved for a loan.  I met them at the home and they loved it.  This was their forever dream home.  The original lender was one I had worked with before but wasn't confident in their ability to close the transaction and my buyers were competing with other prospective buyers.  Our in-house lender couldn't get them approved, my regular lender for unusual sources of income couldn't get them closed and the original lender would ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
  Active Rain members are invited to call in and let the public know we are not sitting around. We are busy selling and buying homes. This market has great opportunities, and the top agents are getting results.At the beginning of the year, I invited AR to call in, and we had eight members who got through that hour. Kathy Streib, Eileen Burns, Jeff Dowler, CRS, John Pusa, Elyse Berman, PA, Kat Palmiotti, Debe Maxwell, CRS, and Andrea Bedard. What fun hearing from everyone while in the radio studio.Here is a chance to tell the world about your area and maybe share a tip or idea. Active Rain and our active group of Real Estate Pros!Here is the information. You can listen live by going to the website and calling in.SUNDAYSApp- WCBMCall in 1-410-922-6680  12 -1 pm WCBM 680 AM Who will call i...
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By Jessica Hood, REALTOR®, The Roskelly Team - Fort Meade Area Real Estate
(The Roskelly Team)
This blog is the first in our series of cities near Fort Meade, MD and the National Security Agency where we will explore some of the best places to live within a 30 minute commute to Fort Meade.  We've chosen this commuting range as it is the most frequently requested by our clients.We're starting out with Odenton Maryland population 43,000 which is located in Anne Arundel county and borders Fort Meade to the Southeast.Odenton, MD is a top destination request for Fort Meade homebuyers and renters due to the convenient 5 - 20 minute commute time to the base, the wide variety of housing options (including condominiums, townhomes and single family homes priced from around $250,000 - over $1,000,000), nearby shopping, top rated schools, quick access to the Odenton MARC station & BWI, fanta...
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Book Recommendation: Horse by Geraldine BrooksI enjoyed reading Horse (2022) an outstanding novel by Geraldine Brooks and highly recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this book. A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American historyKentucky, 1850. An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South. When the nation erupts in civil war, an itinerant young artist who has made his name on paintings of the racehorse takes up arms for the Union. On a perilous night, he...
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By Susan Thompson-Solomons, Southern MD Real Estate-Solomons Specialist
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Penfed Realty)
The current real estate market is shifting back to a more balanced market. Consumers are hearing the current market described as “returning to a normal market”. I believe a better characterization to be a more balanced market. My primary reason for saying that is that a more normal market would be one where prices would be decreasing due to increased interest rates, which is not really the case in this local market, and that there would be higher inventory creating declining pricing. With limited inventory, pricing is fairly stabilized, or in some cases increasing locally.Balance means opportunities for buyers and sellers.Buyers - Opportunity to offset costs of higher interest rates than a year ago with seller incentive opportunities.Sellers - Low inventory continues to keep prices at h...
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Book Festival High School Poetry Contest Reminder Calling all young poets! Submissions are being accepted for the Gaithersburg Book Festival Annual High School Poetry Contest. Students are asked to craft a poem on one of two topics: diversity or inclusion. Winners will be announced during the 2023 Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 20 at Bohrer Park. Poems may be submitted online here by midnight on February 23. Complete details here.This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement. Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 7521Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Is it negotiable? This is almost always the second question after asking for the price.  Hmm...Isn't everything in life negotiable? Many low offers have made it through to closing. You cannot insult me with a lowball offer, and I should not allow the seller to be insulted.  The people who visited your home showed your home and made NO offer...were the insulting ones.  When someone takes time to write, submit, provide financial proof, chooses a lender, a title company, produces earnest money, decides on various dates, closing, inspections, etc., and...signs forty pages, that is not an insult..that is an offer!       The seller does NOT have to accept.. but it is the start of negotiations.  Please respond with a thank you.  If it cannot be negotiated...just an " We appreciate the offer, ...
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By Barbara Michaluk, Leisure World Specialist / Full Service REALTOR
(Weichert Realtors | Phone Direct 240-506-2434 | 301-681-0550 office)
For Sale in 55+ Leisure World Senior Community Maryland week 1/26/2023Leisure World of Maryland is a Private, Gated, Age-Restricted CommunityThere are currently 41 Homes for Sale in Leisure World of MDThe best 55+ housing opportunity in Montgomery County, Maryland! Living at Leisure World is a great lifestyle choice - it's also a smart financial decision.  This community is for anyone aged 55 or older. The 650-acre campus located in Montgomery County, Maryland offers a variety of housing options and offers lots of amenities. The community can be entered through 3 secure entry gates, staffed with Leisure World security personnel. Leisure World is convenient to shopping, entertainment and offers its own shuttle bus transportation.Click Here to Search for Homes for sale in Leisure World of...
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By Susan Thompson-Solomons, Southern MD Real Estate-Solomons Specialist
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Penfed Realty)
Top 2022 Southern Maryland Waterfront Sales$1,850,612 3209 Holland Cliffs Road, Huntingtown, MD$1,825,000  3235 Holland Cliffs Road, Huntingtown, MD$1,500,000  2031 Indian Circle, Saint Leonard, MD$1,400,000  23396 Esperanza Circle, Lexington Park, MD$1,400,000  1985 Potts Point Road, Huntingtown, MD$1,395,000 2105 Breton Beach Court, Leonardtown, MD$1,350,000 47796 Cross Manor Road, St. Inigoes, MD  (Sold by Susan Thompson)$1,350,000  3915 Dogwood Road, Chesapeake Beach, MD$1,350,000 3655 Horn Road, Huntingtown, MDWaterfront sellers and buyers will want to have a waterfront expert in their corner when selling and buying Southern Maryland waterfront. There are many nuances with waterfront properties that are important for consumers to consider with regard to their waterfront transaction...
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By Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
(Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties )
Maxus Realty Group Agents are local specialists with knowledge to help you buy and sell the right home, at the right price.We are passionate about you as a client, we will always protect your best interests just because it's the only way we do business day in and day out.Today, we'll talk about 5 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Fixer-Upper Property" "Why You Should Consider a Fixer-Upper Property" Exploring the benefits of purchasing a fixer-upper property and learn about the potential cost savings, the ability to customize your home, and the potential for increased equity?Get the right expert advice from a local real estate agent. Purchasing a home is a significant investment, and many buyers are faced with the decision of whether to buy a move-in ready home or a fixer-upper. While b...
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Family Forum on Fentanyl & Life Saving Narcan Training On January 28, from 9:30 - 11:30 am, Clarksburg High School will host a Family Forum on Fentanyl & Life Saving Narcan Training. Panelists will share important information on the dangers and prevalence of fentanyl. Register Here! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16TclJLC24U-dyFSKjaDtgDPVjRG42zfzaKb14J3fnFk/viewform?edit_requested=true This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement. Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 7518Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Gaithersburg Farmers Market, Kentlands  Check Out Our Website!   MAIN STREET FARMERS MARKET 301 Main Street   OPEN YEAR-ROUND Saturdays 9 am - 1 pm   This Week At The Main Street Market:     Amazonica: Locally roasted Brazilian coffee beans brewed coffee.   Crepes d'Or: French-inspired prepared food and desserts.   Just Pralines: All natural, honey-roasted nuts.   M&M Plants: Forced bulbs, houseplants, succulents, and more!   Panateca DC: Enjoy a taste of Venezuelan cuisine including fresh bread, cachitos, meats, and sweets.   PetWants: Fresh-made food and treats for your furry friends.   The Happy Cheesecake Company: Enjoy fresh cookies, hearty soups, and -- of course! -- happy cheesecakes!   Tuckey's Fruit & Vegetable Farm: Fresh seasonal produce including squash, chard, and apples.  ...
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Rockville's Lunar New Year CelebrationSaturday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.Thomas S. Wootton High School The City of Rockville celebrates Lunar New Year by offering a free event that celebrates Rockville’s Asian cultures with performances, to-go activities and snacks. Organized in partnership with Rockville’s Asian Pacific American Task Force, the Lunar New Year celebration is a source of pride for the city’s Asian community and an educational opportunity for neighbors to learn about Asian culture.Event InformationSaturday, January 28, 202310 a.m.-1 p.m.; Performances begin at 11 a.m.Thomas S. Wootton High School2100 Wootton Pkwy, Rockville, MD 20850This is a City of Rockville, Maryland announcement. Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 7509Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhoto...
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By Susan Thompson-Solomons, Southern MD Real Estate-Solomons Specialist
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Penfed Realty)
Solomons Landing Community SalesSeven sales past 6 months19 average days on marketSix 2 bedroom unit sales  Average sales price $363,833, range $299,000-$389,000One 3 bedroom unit sale - $370,000 Solomons Landing continues to be in strong buyer demand with  prices continuing at high levels and selling quickly.  This marina community offers many attractive amenities with a resort style lifestyle in charming Solomons, Maryland.Solomons Landing AmenitiesSolomons Landing WebsiteAs a recent former Solomons Landing resident , I can assist buyers with floor plans, slip availability, building location and views, level of unit updates and can share information about the exceptional community lifestyle. For more information about Solomons Landing and Southern Maryland sales, and areas where I can...
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